Bookkeeping Services for Businesses in Chicago, IL

Small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) sometimes need a little help to ensure they are not losing profits or running away with costs. Hiring bookkeepers in Chicago like, a Chicago-based firm serving businesses nationwide, is an excellent first step.

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We service 1,000+ businesses and 3,000+ individual clients, many of them located nationwide.
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36 Years of Experience
Since 1986, we’ve provided comprehensive tax and accounting solutions for individuals and businesses.
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Serving 52 States
With our technology stack, we provide remote accounting services for you and your business, regardless the location.

Full-Service Outsourced Bookkeeping

Outsourcing bookkeeping services to us enables your business to minimize the demands on the personnel directly employed by your company. The bookkeepers at can document and manage the following for your small or mid-sized business:

  • Maintaining business books
  • Payroll functions
  • Audits
  • Budgets and more

Reach out to the professionals at Susan S. Lewis, LTD to find out how our firm can help your business.

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Our Bookkeeping Solutions

At Lewis CPA, we are committed to helping you and your business meet your financial goals. We provide your business with accounting and bookkeeping services in Chicago and nationwide.

Monthly Operating Statements

Get the financial statements you need monthly to run your business effectively. These documents include a monthly statement, a balance sheet, a cash flow statement, customized reports, and more.

Bank Reconciliations

Wondering where all your business’s money went at the end of the month? A bookkeeper can tell you with comprehensive cash reports, while also managing your bank accounts and reconciliations.

Budgeting & Forecasting Support

Our professionals develop a comprehensive budget and financial forecasts that are integrated into your accounting system. With this service, your business can better track finances and avoid unpleasant financial surprises.

Accounts Payable Services

Our bookkeepers can help simplify and streamline this process by reviewing invoices against contracts, entering data into your system, and communicating with your vendors so your business never misses a payment.

Accounts Receivable Services

Never forget an invoice again! A bookkeeper can help your business make sure the funds that customers owe your company for products or services have been properly invoiced and processed.

Accounting Software Setup

Ditch the paper books! Our bookkeepers use Quickbooks and other accounting software systems to keep your accounts up-to-date. Access reports from anywhere with the touch of a button, it’s all digitized.

Keep your books in order

Relieve your headaches and frustrations, save yourself and your business time and energy by contacting our bookkeeping experts at

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Bookkeeping Services for Your Business

Outsourcing bookkeeping services for your business has never been easier and is cheaper than hiring in-house. Chicago small business bookkeeping services are here to help! We help clients in the Chicago area as well as nationwide. Our priority industries include:

Retail is the sale of goods and services to customers. As retail services expand, small boutiques can grow into national brands. Our bookkeepers can help retailers keep more accurate books and meet their financial goals.

Lawyers are very busy professionals that need to focus on serving the clients of the firm rather than keeping the books. Our bookkeepers are very adept at assisting law firms; we help them invoice clients so they can get paid.

The construction industry has highly complex tax and accounting rules. Our bookkeepers are trained to help construction businesses navigate these financial areas. We serve construction companies throughout their project phases so they can finish the job and get paid.

Every non-profit organization must keep and maintain financial records. Doing it correctly, however, is time-consuming and difficult. Outsourcing a not-for-profit’s bookkeeping needs can help the organization ensure their financial records are compliant with state and federal rules.

Why Choose Our Audit Firm

Choosing a CPA firm that you can trust can feel like a daunting task. At, we have a full roster of certified professional accountants who are here to help you achieve your dreams.Working with us brings many benefits, including:

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Remote services

We offer professional tax and accounting services remotely. With our trusted cloud-based system, clients can safely upload their tax and accounting documents through our secure online portal.
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Our firm is national in scope and has served thousands of clients across the country since we opened our doors. No matter where you are located, we can help!
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Deep expertise

Our certified professionals have been offering tax and accounting services since 1986. We offer a depth of expertise in tax and accounting services for both businesses and individuals.
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We offer solutions that add up to benefit you so you can thrive. Our firm focuses on highly personalized services so you can get the help you need to be financially healthy and secure.

Our Bookkeeping Process

Bookkeeping is the recording of all financial transactions from the opening to the closing of the business. Generally, it follows these steps:

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  • Understanding business accounts

    Businesses may have lots of accounts and transactions to keep track of, so an experienced bookkeeper will first need to get up to speed on the company’s books.

  • Maintenance of books

    Bookkeepers track receipts, invoices, petty cash vouchers, credit notes, and other documentation so your business is organized. They can also help improve financials with software like Quickbooks, NetSuite, Quicken, Xero, and more.

  • Recording transactions

    A bookkeeper can track all transactions under the appropriate categories and then see how your business is doing by checking the debits against the credits.

  • Balancing the books

    Bookkeepers collect all this information on the accounts, which is called the adjusted trial balance. If there are any discrepancies in the final balance, then the bookkeeper will need adjustments.

  • Preparing financial reports

    Once the books are balanced, then the bookkeeper can determine the flow of money in each of your business accounts and create financial reports. Business owners can then make better decisions about their business based on this information.

  • Setting up software

    General and Quickbooks Bookkeeping in Chicago can enable businesses to have a complete picture of their financial health. At Susan S. Lewis, our bookkeepers are adept at using multiple bookkeeping strategies and technologies, including Quickbooks, NetSuite, Quicken, Xero, and more.

Business Bookkeeping FAQs

  • Do I need a CPA or a bookkeeper?

    “CPA” and “bookkeeper” are often used interchangeably but they are very different positions. A CPA has passed specific certification exams. CPAs prepare and review financial statements and prepare and file taxes as well as representing taxpayers in front of the IRS. In comparison, a bookkeeper is someone who keeps track of credit card statements, transactions, expenses, accounts receivable, and payroll, and provides reports on a monthly, quarterly, and/or yearly basis.

  • How much does outsourced bookkeeping cost?

    The costs that businesses may incur for bookkeeping services may vary depending on the size of the business, the types of the transactions, the number of employees, and other factors. Outsourcing can cost between $500 and $2,500 per month depending on the number of transactions and complexity of the organization.

Client Reviews

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As a business owner I appreciate good customer service and that is why I am taking the time to give a thumbs up review of Susan S. Lewis LTD. This firm is outstanding in all aspects of servicing the client. When asked about an accounting or a financial service company I would not hesitate to recommend them highly.
Aggie Lewis
Changing accountants can be a stressful, confusing experience for many companies.  However, through the competence, professionalism, and friendliness, of Susan S. Lewis and her staff, we were able to make positive, economical changes to our accounting and payroll processes.  The staff is as approachable as it is organized, supportive, and modern in their approach.
Liz Holmberg
Susan Lewis and her assistants are wonderful and do an excellent job! When Susan and her team took over my tax prep for both my corporate and personal needs, they not only were able to go back several years to correct past mistakes made by other firms which resulted in additional refunds but made the process moving forward beneficial and easy.
Maribeth Tzavras
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At, we’ve been providing bookkeeping services for small and mid-size businesses (SMB) in Chicago, IL, and nationwide since 1986. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you!

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